Plans to build new homes on college site

NILALC100413H1 - South east derbyshire college Cavendish road site
NILALC100413H1 - South east derbyshire college Cavendish road site

PEOPLE living near to a former college site which has been earmarked for 53 new homes have told the Advertiser they want to see the plans thrown out.

The site on Cavendish Road, which used to be the base for South East Derbyshire College, has stood unused for years.

Now Derby College, who own the site, have submitted a planning application to Erewash Borough Council for permission build 53 new homes.

Russell Hooper lives facing the site. He said: “They shouldn’t be building houses over there, the traffic for one thing will be awful.

“It’s bad enough now but stick another 50 or so houses and that’s 100 cars and this road is already dangerous.

“They would have to put speed bumps in or do something because there would be an accident.

“I’d like to see it used for something else – a floodlit football pitch, recreation ground or something like that.

“The schools and doctors surgery and everything else won’t manage with all those people coming to live in the area.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said; “The traffic would be terrible. The application should be thrown out.”

But a spokesman for Derby College said: “The site has been closed for a number of years and is surplus to the College’s requirements.

“These plans are part of the Derby College’s property development strategy moving forward to invest in current sites and provide a 21st century learning environment.”